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which my cabin branched.      Two life preservers hanging up, snug
shelf berths, with white sheets &c  a door window looking out on the
broad waste of dark water, and a great cloud of smoke drifting
off from the steam boats tunnel,   that was what I saw, and
soon was in deep dreamless slumber.
  10.  Wednesday. Up, around, and lively.    Breakfasting in
style,  strolling about noting everybody.   Pretty girls there were, some,
many quite other than pretty.   Poor emigrants breakfasting roughly
enough mid boxes and lumber below.   Farmer men.   Well dressed,
cosmopolitan Americans.      A hot, lovely day,  Erie lake a bright
green.     Reading, dozing, some, but very little talking; then noon;
and past it.       Dinner, as we go up the Detroit River.  Cana-
da shore, flat and tame looking on our right.         Detroit by
2 or half past.      To the Waverly House, and inquired about
Mr Hart.    He and Dillon off yesterday.    Washing &c, then
wrote two letters one to Hart at Chicago, one to Barth at
Mackinac.      Then scoring up the last seven pages of this record.
supper, and a nocturnal walk about Detroit, and bed
  11.  Thursday.  Up, and to the riverside, and called on Ward
the steam-boat proprietor, projector of the excursion.   There I found
also a Mr Swan, Editor & proprietor of the Columbus  Elevator .
Introduced to him, with all honor.      A burly shrewd, well thinking man.
Together with Ward to the  Pacific , his steamboat destined to convey
us to Sault St Marie, then to join the Sam Ward.   There sitting
in the cabin conversing awhile, then I & Swan started off into the town
together.  I must fain go with him to his hotel, the National, crack
place in the town, there to drink brandy with him and talk.    We
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifty-three
Description:Describes his arrival in Detroit and meeting Mr. Swan, the editor of the ''Columbus Elevator.''
Date:1853-08-09
Subject:Barth, William; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Swan; Transportation; Travel; Ward, E.B.
Coverage (City/State):Detroit, [Michigan]
Coverage (Street):Waverly House
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.